Why Gas Prices May Rise This Spring

While still cheaper than last year, gas prices are starting to tick up again.

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Don’t look now, but gas prices are starting to climb, just in time for the start of the spring road trip season. While still far cheaper than last year, when the national average price of regular unleaded shot past $5 per gallon, the price at the pump is getting into uncomfortable territory again. 

Travel website AAA reports that the national average is $3.62 per gallon, up almost a dime from this time a week ago. And more increases are in store as the weather continues to warm up, with several of the factors that control gas prices pointing to costlier fill-ups.

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Jim Patterson
Managing Editor, The Kiplinger Letter

Jim joined Kiplinger in December 2010, covering energy and commodities markets, autos, environment and sports business for The Kiplinger Letter. He is now the managing editor of The Kiplinger Letter and The Kiplinger Tax Letter. He also frequently appears on radio and podcasts to discuss the outlook for gasoline prices and new car technologies. Prior to joining Kiplinger, he covered federal grant funding and congressional appropriations for Thompson Publishing Group, writing for a range of print and online publications. He holds a BA in history from the University of Rochester.